What's Fun for Kids in Boston

Where to Stay in Boston

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BOSTON Enjoy elegant rooms at this newly restored property overlooking the Public Garden. There's even a Children's Suite ($795 a night) with colorful furnishings and a high-tech entertainment center. Rates range from $375 to $950 for a deluxe garden suite. 15 Arlington St.; 617-536-5700; www.ritzcarlton.com.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BOSTON A rooftop pool with fabulous views and spacious guest rooms make this worth the splurge. Supply your kids' ages before arrival for customized welcome amenities. Rooms begin at $325 a night. 200 Boylston St.; 800-819-5053; www.fourseasons.com.

THE COLONNADE HOTEL Cool off at the rooftop pool and enjoy the location in Boston's Back Bay near Copley Place and the Boston Common. Prices range from $179 to $295, but ask about the Summer Meltdown package through Labor Day. 120 Huntington Ave.; 800-962-3030; www.colonnadehotel.com.

WESTIN COPLEY PLACE HOTEL An indoor pool and skywalk to the shops in Copley Place make the Westin great for visitors. Kids (and dogs!) receive a welcome gift; at bedtime, settle into the company's trademark Heavenly Beds (infants get Heavenly Cribs). Rates start at $169 a night, or ask about the Family Affair package (from $259) with a trolley tour, breakfast, and a copy of Make Way for Ducklings. 10 Huntington Ave.; 888-625-5144; www.starwoodhotels.com.

OMNI PARKER HOUSE HOTEL At this Beacon Hill landmark (Parker House rolls sound familiar?), kids receive a welcome gift, loaner toys, and more. The hotel is within shouting distance of the Freedom Trail and Quincy Market. Rates begin at $159 a night. 60 School St., 800-THE-OMNI; www.omniparkerhouse.com.

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Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the June/July 2005 issue of Child magazine.

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